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Warner lines up DC digital service

Warner Bros. Television is working on a pair of original series for a soon-to-launch DC-branded digital service.

Warner and DC Entertainment are preparing live-action drama Titans and animation Young Justice: Outsiders for the platform, which is scheduled to go direct-to-consumer next year.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group (WBDNG) will operate the currently unnamed service, which is billed as “an immersive experience designed just for DC fans”.

The platform is the latest branded D2C offer from WBDNG, following the launch of the global Boomerang OTT service and the full acquisition of SVOD player DramaFever. It also counts games-focused MCN Machinima in its ranks, and recently appointed Russell Arons as general manager there.

Titans will follow “a group of soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe”, and is billed as a dramatic adventure series.

Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), DC Entertainment president and CEO Geoff Johns (The Flash, Arrow) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) are writing, and will executive produce along with Berlanti’s production partner, Sarah Schechter.

Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions are attached in association with Warner Bros. TV.

Warner’s Time Warner stablemate TNT had originally ordered a pilot of Titans in 2014, but this did not make it to series.

Young Justice: Outsiders is a continuation of a Cartoon Network series that has run to two seasons so far, and follows teenage superheroes from the DC Universe.

The new season will follow the team attempting to stop meta-human trafficking and the galactic threat it poses.

Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) is executive producer. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels) are producers, with Warner Bros. Animation attached as the production vehicle. Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark) is the art director.

Both series are currently in early stages of production.